Settlement in South America’s World Cup qualifiers was halted on Sunday because Brazilian health authorities believed the four Argentine Premier League players had violated the quarantine obligation by appearing on the field in Sao Paulo.
The International Football Association Board (FIFA) apologized the next day for the very private scenes.
“Millions of fans were refused to enjoy a match between the two biggest football nations in the world,” FIFA wrote in a statement.
At the same time, it was reported that an investigation was launched. “The first match report has been sent to FIFA. The information from there will be studied by competent disciplinary committees, and a decision will be taken at a later date.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino on Monday described the absurd incident as “crazy”, but added that football must deal with the challenges posed by the Corona pandemic.
FIFA and CONMEBOL (the South American Football Association) have given their approval for Premier League professionals Emiliano Martinez and Emiliano Buendia (both Aston Villa), Christian Romero and Giovanni Lo Celso (both Tottenham) to play the settlement on Sunday. But Brazil’s health inspectorate will not accept that.
Argentina’s team traveled to Brazil just hours before the big game, but the country does not allow entry to foreigners who have been in the UK for 14 days.
The four players just mentioned traveled from England to South America for the World Cup qualifiers. A number of other PL clubs have retained players based in Brazil, for example, due to the Corona situation in the country.
According to Brazilian authorities, the Argentine players must have lied that they had not been to the UK recently to get into Brazil. The authorities consider the players to pose a “significant health risk”.
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